Fr. James' Letters

June 12, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

Happy Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, also known as the “Preacher’s Nightmare.” I expect Deacon Kevin, who will be preaching at the Noon Mass to give a completely clear and satisfactory explanation of the Holy Trinity. Just kidding. When I was explaining the Trinity to little students the other day and they responded, “I don’t get it,” I said, “You’ll get it when you’re older.” Actually, that might not be true either. So, pressure is off brother deacons and preachers.

Read more: June 12, 2022

June 5, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

At my last Monday Evening of Prayer talk a few weeks ago, I meditated on the Veni, Sancte Spiritus. Here are the words from the hymn, also known as the “Pentecost Sequence”:

Read more: June 5, 2022

May 29, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

I have a vivid memory of my dad waking me up as a child very early one morning. That almost never happened. Something was wrong. I was eight years old. It was 1993. My dad came to my bedside, gently shook me awake, and, in a very serious and somber tone said, “James, Michael Jordan retired.”

Read more: May 29, 2022

Who is Fr. James?

Father James Wallace grew up in Winnetka, Illinois and attended Sts. Faith Hope and Charity grammar school, New Trier High School, and then The George Washington University in Washington DC, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science in 2007. He attended seminary at The Pontifical North American College in Rome and was ordained a priest in 2012 for the Archdiocese of Chicago. In addition to being the pastor of Saint Paul of the Cross Parish, he serves as a canon lawyer for the Archdiocese, a dean in Vicariate II, and a professor of canon law and spiritual director at Mundelein Seminary. He is also one of the featured Mercy Home Sunday Mass celebrants, airing Sundays at 9:30am on WGN.

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Contact Information

St. Paul of the Cross

320 South Washington Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068

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Phone: (847) 825-7605

Mass Schedule

UC = Upper Church
HFC = Holy Family Chapel 

Monday - Friday

6:25 am UC

8:30 am UC


8:30 am UC - weekday Mass

4:30 pm UC - vigil


7:30 am UC

9:00 am UC

10:30 am UC and HFC

12:00 pm UC